Northern Discovery

8 Day Guided Tour from Auckland to Wellington with Kirra

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Kirra's 8 Day Northern Discovery. Join Kirra on a 8 day coach tour through the centre of the North Island experiencing New Zealand's natural wonders such as the geothermal region of Rotorua before enjoying the vineyards of Hawkes...read more

     
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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Auckland
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Wellington
Accomodation
Accomodation
3 - 4 Star
48
Max Group Size
48
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
Kirra
Kirra
17 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.3 out of 5
3 Reviews
Trip Code:
PX

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Auckland
“Haere Mai” … Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown city hotel. We include a visit to the Auckland Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere where you will experience 360-degree panoramic views over the harbours, city and surrounds. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers. Stay: Rydges Hotel (D)
2 Auckland - Bay of Islands
Leaving the city behind, we travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of the National Maritime Park. On arrival, meet your local Maori guide who will provide an insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe. Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Bay of Islands (B/D)
3 Bay of Islands
Today is at your leisure, take the time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand's northern most point. Alternatively, explore historic Russell, New Zealand's first settlement and visit it's original Church, Mission House and Museum. (B)
4 Bay of Islands - Auckland - Rotorua
Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato then on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (B/D)
5 Rotorua
A sightseeing tour visits the Agrodome to see a display featuring New Zealand's various sheep breeds and sheep shearing and Rainbow Springs to see Rainbow and Brown trout and native birds including the Kiwi. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over city, lake and mountains and for a little excitement try a Luge ride with our compliments. There will be time this afternoon for optional activities. This evening you visit Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka. (B/D)
6 Rotorua - Taupo - Art Deco Napier
View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world's Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city. Stay: Scenic Te Pania Hotel, Napier (B/D)
7 Napier - Wairarapa - Wellington
Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington, the nation's capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival. Stay: Ibis Wellington (B/D)
8 Depart Wellington
Today is goodbye to all your new found friends before you make your homeward journey. You will be transferred to Wellington Airport to join your flight home. (B)

Kirra Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Authentic Maori Village & Hangi
  • Wonderful Bay of Islands
  • Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • Visit the Art Deco Capital, Napier
  • Wellington, the nation's capital
Trip Inclusions
  • 7 nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily (B) & 6 dinners (D)
  • Travel by 5-star luxury touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Driver Guide
  • Welcome dinner and drinks on arrival
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival and departure
Iconic Sightseeing
  • City tours of Auckland &,Wellington
  • Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cape Brett Bay of Islands Cruise
  • Entry to Auckland's Sky Tower
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs Park
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge
  • Locally guided Art Deco walking tour
  • Visit Taupo & Huka Falls
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur

Reviews (3)

8 Day Northern Discovery reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

Rating 4.3 out of 5
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“Great country to tour but not with Kirra Tours”
- VIC, Australia Mar 2018 1 Helpful Vote

Let me first say that I have booked previous tours with Global Journeys and they are brilliant! ‘Hannah’ cannot be more helpful and attentive. Even when I had issues with holiday documentation not arriving (Kirra Tours) had given delivery company wrong number, Hannah was quick to make enquiries on our behalf. Kirra Tours provided a really good itinerary which covered all the key places in New Zealand and the hotel accommodation and meals were fine....read more

Reply from Kirra:
Thank you for your feedback following your recent tour of the North Island with Kirra. We were very disappointed to read your comments regarding the attitude of the Coach Captain who guided your tour. Although it is common practice in New Zealand for tours to be escorted by a Coach Captain only, we are introducing on-board Tour Concierges on our Classic Plus tour series in the 18/19 tour season who will work alongside the Coach Captain to ensure the smooth operation of our larger tour groups.

We have looked into the tour you mentioned in your feedback and it would appear that this Coach Captain was assigned to this trip at the last minute following a sudden illness to the original driver guide. Due to this tour departing at a busy time of year, our coach company had no option but to engage the services of a Coach Captain who was not fully familiar with Kirra’s procedures. It would appear that the service he provided fell short of both your as well as our expectations and for this we must apologise.

We recognise the importance of the driver guide to the overall enjoyment of our coach holidays and this is generally an area in which we excel. Please accept our apologies for the problems encountered as a result of the above. We hope that we may have the opportunity to prove ourselves to you again, should you choose to travel to New Zealand again in the future. Regards. The Kirra Management Team

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“Great fun holiday”
- NSW, Australia Jan 2016

The journey was a very smooth booking, Yvonne is very helpful and provided quick responses. The trip was good except included dinner in Hamilton, the restaurant only focus on beer brewery tour, the meal was very late, customer service was not good at all. Also not enough time during stay in Bay of Islands, we could join only one optional tour, if stay longer would be wonderful. (Ed: Review based on slightly different itinerary. Trip name and itinerary updated this season)

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“A great trip and we would book with Global Journeys again”
- Australia Sep 2012 4 Helpful Votes

The tour was great. Our coach driver / guide was excellent - a good mixture of humour, information and helpfulness - especially when I had a dental issue which was resolved successfully. The accommodation was great - we had habour views in Wellington - superb! The meals were excellent and we are now working on shedding the extra kilos we put on. All meals were of high quality and also well presented. Staff at all venues were professional, helpful and courteous. It was great that we chose a guaranteed...read more

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